Do I need to put my Chickens in the coop at night?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RowdyRooster79, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. RowdyRooster79

    RowdyRooster79 Hatching

    Jun 8, 2010
    I have recently started my first flock and was wondering why at night the birds just stay outside in the run instead of going into the coop to roost. Should i be putting them inside and sealing the coop up at nights? Thanks for the feedback.
  2. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Unless your run is built like Fort Knox you need to lock them in the coop at night to protect them from predators.

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  3. emys

    emys Songster

    Nov 19, 2008
    If your run is super secure then they are fine. Unfortunately, most people think their run is secure and find out the hard way it was not. (Chicken wire is not!)
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:[​IMG] There is no run that is secure as a coop of solid wood.
  5. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Songster

    Sep 19, 2008
    Yes, put them in the coop to roost at night. Read the predator postings and you'll see it only takes 1 time and you could lose them all!
  6. charmed one

    charmed one Show Me State Gal

    I'm surprised they don't go in by themselves to roost. Mine roam free during the day and always go in to roost about 1/2 before dark. Did something scare them in there? Do they have a good place to roost? Are they still eating when you go out or are they sitting around on the ground? You might try giving them a treat in the evenings when you want them to go in. Once they get in the habit it shouldn't be a problem. [​IMG]
  7. zDoc

    zDoc Songster

    Apr 7, 2010
    Farmington NM
    [​IMG] How old are they? They should go in by them selves. You may have to help them the first few times, but after that it should be automatic. [​IMG] Good luck and welcome. There are a lot of knowledgeable people on here that are eager to help. 99.9 % are friendly too. [​IMG]
  8. chicknerd

    chicknerd Songster

    Apr 28, 2010
    Quote:6 of mine took 2 nights to figure it out. The last 5 figured it out last night. Took them a week of me putting them in the coop after they were settled in the run. So it can take a while but eventually they will get it.
  9. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    I guess some bird brains are tinier than others. I had to wrangle chicks for 10 nights before they figured out to go in by themselves!
  10. carrlr

    carrlr Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    Their natural insticts are to roost, not necessarily inside a coop. If you have roost that can be removed outside I would remove them until they are used to going in at night to roost. You might have to go out just before dark and encourage them to go inside. It shouldn't take long and they'll get it.

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